December 28, 2013
Blick Scholars’ Art on Display
: Ivana Kartzov, "Muscle & Scale" .
: Left, Alicia Hatfield, "Grasshopper," woodcut print on lasercut wood; Right, Alaina Stocker, "Finding Blood," natural materials on linen..
: Juan Franco, "Constructed Identity (Joshua)," 2013; silver gelatin print unique edition of five, 16 x 20 inches.
Through January 20: the work of six Cornish art students awarded Blick Scholarships is now on display at the Blick Art Materials store on Capitol Hill.
Blick Art Materials is a favorite source of art supplies for Cornish students and a major contributor to scholarships; now it’s a gallery for their work. From December 20 through January 20 at the Capitol Hill Blick store, a work from each scholarship recipient will be on public view. The Blick store is at 1600 Broadway Avenue at Pine, just across the Broadway from the Broadway Performance Hall. A fun fact is that in the other direction, just across Pine Street, is the Booth Building, the first home of the Cornish School. The in-store exhibition is an excellent opportunity to check out the work of some top Cornish students while picking up that 150ml tube of titanium white you’ve been craving.
The six Blick scholars being honored at the store with an installation of their paintings, photos or metal work are Alicia Hatfield and Juan Franco (AR ’14); Alaina Stocker, Megan Wyma and David Nelson (AR ’15); and Ivana Kartzov (AR ’16). A seventh scholar, Reilly Sinanan (AR ’14) has been in New York in a residency.
The exhibition is another demonstration of Blick’s commitment to young artists and celebrates the partnership of Blick and Cornish College. It also provides an opportunity for students to experience sharing their work in a public space. The show joins Blick’s generous scholarships that total $6000 every year and a number of other donations totaling over $30,000 over the last three years.
As Blick’s president of retail notes, “At 102 years old, Blick is still family owned and is the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States,” writes Edward J. Ogorzaly. “Artists have turned to us for dependable savings, a huge selection, and excellent customer service since 1911.” Last year, Utrecht Art Supplies became part of Blick, and the parent company took on the scholarships Utrecht had provided.
The Cornish Blick recipients are clear on what the scholarships have meant to them. “Without the Utrecht/Blick Annual Scholarship I would not have been able to continue my education at Cornish,” says Ivana Kartzov. “It has given me an opportunity to work with and learn from great artists and explore new mediums. This year I discovered my love for photography, something that I wouldn’t have had discovered otherwise.”
“Personally, this scholarship eases the financial situation of higher education during my last year at Cornish College of the Arts,” writes senior Juan Franco. “This fall semester I was able to participate in a residency program in New York City. The scholarship, in part, made this experience possible. “
Their feelings are echoed by Alicia Hatfield, who is also a Cornish senior. “This Blick Scholarship has really made a difference for me,” she writes. “Tuition is always tough, and reaching my senior year I have racked up quite a bit of debt. Blick has really eased the burden on me and allowed me to finish up my education, also giving me some peace of mind as I focus on producing my B.F.A. show.”
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